Keilor Downs College

22 February 2019
Issue One
Principals Message
School Information
Dates To Remember
Immunisations  
Year 7 Activity Day
School Council
Swimming Carnival
Board Games - FLC
Keilor Downs College
(03) 9365 8000
100-110 Odessa Avenue
Keilor Downs, Victoria, 3038
AU

Principals Message

Linda Maxwell

Welcome back to everyone for the 2019 school year.  We have had a very smooth start to the year, settling in 247 new Year 7 students and over 20 new students at other year levels. We have also welcomed seven new teachers and three new Education Support staff. We go in to 2019 with 1425 students, which is about as big as we want to get.

We ended 2018 with excellent VCE results, achieving a median score of 30 which puts us into the high-performing range of schools in the state. Our students also achieved 7.6% of 40+ study scores, well above the state average of 6.3%. Our Dux, Shane Hong, achieved an amazing ATAR of 99.35 and a total of 19 students achieved ATAR’s over 90. Our new Honour Board will need to fit 44 photos, as this was the number of students who achieved scores over 80. One of our students, Sasha Reljic, achieved a perfect score of 50 for Health and Human Development. The whole Year 12 group did extremely well and the vast majority have gone onto their chosen career pathway. 

One of the big events this week was the opening of the new library to students. This was our major facilities project for 2018 and cost over $250,000 of our reserve money. The result is spectacular and student reactions have been very positive and excited. There are still a few minor finishing touches to be done, but we will hold an open house for parents and families before the end of term so that you canvisit the new facitity. If you go to the school’s Facebook page you can see a short ‘before and after’ video to give you a bit of a preview. I wish we could provide this quality of facility in all the areas of the school but as always, finances dictate the limits of what we can do. However, we are gradually working our way through the various areas of the school and the Arts areas will be our next target for an upgrade.

In some exciting news, we have decided to do a whole school musical this year. We are having a High School Musical (junior) and hope to involve as many students as possible in every aspect of the production. We will also be calling for interested parents who can volunteer their talents such a sewing, painting or crafts. Stay tuned for more details in the next newsletter and on Compass.

Wishing everyone a great Term 1,

School Information

General Office:

Office hours are: 8:15am  - 4:00pm

Telephone: 9365 8000

Late arrivals:

REMEMBER: Please call the College if your child is absent for any reason. In order to minimize disruption to class and maximize learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:50am. 
A warning bell rings at 8:50 am for Home group at 8:55am and class begins punctually at 9:04am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 9365 8000, or your child’s house. 

Red House – 93658 8017

Green House - 9365 8015

Yellow House - 9365 8034

Blue House 9365 8041


Updating your details:

Updating your details is easy. Please notify the General Office of changes in your circumstances as soon as possible. Any changes such as names, addresses, mobile number etc, can be updated on Compass via the office.

 

Lost Property:

Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student's name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly. USBs should include a folder with the student's name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you are missing items please see the front office or your house.

Second Hand Uniform:

If you have any uniform items that your students no longer require, can you please consider donating them to student welfare.  You are welcome to drop them in to the front office.  If you have any questions, please contact Gina Hill on 9365 8000.

 

Dates To Remember

March

Monday 4/3 - School Photos

Thursday 7/3 - Year 7 Immunisations &  VCE Parent night @ 7pm

Monday 11/3 - LABOUR DAY

Friday 15/3 - Photo Catch Up Day

Mon 18/3 - Fri 22/3 - Year 10 Camp Queensland

Wednesday 20/3 - Harmony Day & Awards night @ 6pm

Thursday 28/3 - Fun Run /  Year 7 -  P1 & 2  -  Year 8 -  P3 & 4

April

Monday 1/4 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Friday 5/4 - Last Day of Term 2:30pm finish

Monday 22/4 - Easter Monday - Public Holiday

Tuesday 23/4 - Students Return - Term 2

Wednesday 24/4 - Year 12 Assembly

Thursday 25/4 - ANZAC DAY - Public Holiday

Friday 26/4 - Year 11 Assembly

Tuesday 30/4 - OPEN NIGHT

 

Term Dates

Term 1:     29th January to 5th April 2019

Term 2:     23rd April to 28th June 2019

Term 3:     15th July to 20th September 2019

Term 4:      7th October to 20th December 2019

Immunisations  

Secondary School Vaccinations 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

    • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for year 7 students
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for year 7 students
    • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for year 10 students

Parents/guardians of year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

The Brimbank City Council immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 28 February 2019 if you do not want your contact details given to the Brimbank City Council immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).

Year 7 Activity Day

Year 7 Activities

On Wednesday 13th February, all Year 7 students were involved in our Activity Day. This day was designed to teach students about the College culture and connect with peers and home group teachers.

Students were engaged in all activities and had a great day overall.

Well done  to our Year 7's and a big thank you to our teachers and peers leaders involved .

 

School Council

School Council Elections

Around this time each year, half of the School Council members conclude their term on the Council.

A huge round of thanks to the following people whose terms will finish in March; they’ve all been excellent contributors to the work of Council:

Rima Allouche, Michelle Bui, Peter Havard, Maria Longo, Paula Moore-Ward, Shrikan Reddy.

 

 

 

 

 

This year there will be the following vacancies:

Student member:             1 vacancy

Parent member:               3 vacancies

DET member:                     2 vacancies

Nomination forms will be distributed via home group rolls and thru Compass on Tuesday 19th Feb.

Nominations close at 4pm Wednesday 27th Feb.

If you require any information, please contact Susan Pascoe (Business Manager) on 9365 8000.

 

 

Swimming Carnival

Swimming Carnival

WHAT A DAY!! KDC students from 7-9 participated in the annual Swimming Carnival at the St Albans Leisure Centre. Students were involved in various swimming events while some chose to play volleyball. Students efforts were outstanding and it was great to see the team spirit between the houses.

A BIG thank you to all teachers and peer support students who assisted on the day and well done to

Mr Shelton for organising another successful Swimming Carnival for 2019.

 

 

Photo: Pictured are 7R2 boys Nathan Nguyen (left) and Heng Ngo playing, with Shoun Gerwargis looking on.

Board Games - FLC

Photo: Pictured are 7R2 boys Nathan Nguyen (left) and Heng Ngo playing, with Shoun Gerwargis looking on.

Chess

Every lunchtime, students are allowed into the Flexible Learning Centre to play board and card games. Students can bring their own games or use games supplied. 

 

The Chess Team are practicing there every lunchtime, preparing for our first Tournament on Wednesday 27 March 2019.  Students interested in playing chess should see Mr Gould for information.

 

Keilor Downs College